Sunday December 11, 2016

California Gives Nvidia Go-Ahead To Test Self-Driving Cars On Public Roads

Those of you in the Golden State may be able to catch a glimpse of that familiar green logo on the roadway. California’s DMV has granted Nvidia a permit for testing self-driving vehicle technology, and one vehicle has already been spotted in the Bay Area.

While Nvidia is best known for its graphics cards, the company has spent the last few years steadily pushing into artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on autonomous driving. It announced a computer vision system tailor-made for self-driving at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2015, and then followed that up with a more advanced version آ— called the Drive PX2 آ— at this past year’s CES. Since then, Nvidia announced that it was partnering with Chinese web giant Baidu to build a platform for semiautonomous cars. (Baidu has approval to test autonomous cars in California as well.) Nvidia also built test cars, and was training them in parking lots and private roads prior to receiving this new approval from the California DMV. And this summer, a self-driving race car competition called Roborace announced that it was using the Drive PX2 in its vehicles.